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Nigerians, Cambodian charged over online scam

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The accused following their arrests. Supplied

Phnom Penh Municipal Court on Saturday charged two Nigerian men and a Cambodian woman over online scams committed since 2004.

Court spokesman Y Rin, who declined to name the accused, yesterday said they were charged with fraud with aggravating circumstances and face up to five years in jail each if convicted. They are now in prison pending trial.

National Police spokesman Lieutenant General Chhay Kim Khoeun yesterday said that cybercrime police detained the accused along with two Pakistani men and another Cambodian woman last week following a complaint from a victim.

“Only the two Nigerian men and a Cambodian woman were sent to court and the others were freed because they were not involved in the scam,” he said.

Lieutenant General Chea Pov, the Interior Ministry’s Anti-Cyber Crime Department director, confirmed the arrests yesterday.

“This crime is not new,” he said. “They use the same old tricks to cheat vulnerable people who still do not understand that their messages are scams.”

According to a department post on its webpage on Monday, six people were suspected of scamming victims by posting messages online that they were seriously ill and they had a lot of property to give away to deserving people.

The department said that the victims were asked to send some money to the scammers to process necessary documents.

It said that after the department received a complaint from a victim, police on January 30 raided a rental house in Chamkar Mon district and arrested the six suspects.

The department has previously posted several warning for people to be careful about online scams such as those claiming that victims had won awards or that their relatives had met with accidents and needed money for treatment.

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